TARPON SPRINGS - In time with the soft breeze that drifts over the water, tie-dyed dresses and wind chimes flutter against the stores on the sponge docks. The merchandise racks that crowd the sidewalks, calling to tourists and locals alike with their brightly colored apparel, are a staple to the area. But maybe not for long.
If anything is certain about the sponge docks, it’s that the fight isn’t going to be settled quietly.
Originally approved as Ordinance 2013-18 with a 5-0 vote at the Sept. 17 City Commission meeting, Ordinance 2013-24 limits the outdoor display of retail merchandise along public streets and sidewalks to the primary frontage of a building. Five additional criteria were approved as part of the ordinance:
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs will welcome the return of There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 9 p.m.
Organizers say that last year drew an "amazing crowd and this year’s event is even bigger and better."
All activities are free. Food and craft vendors will also be available. The event will feature a snow play area, Santa, real reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, hay ride, falling snow, Christmas movies and lots of great activities for the whole family.
TARPON SPRINGS - By next summer, the Tarpon Springs Fire Department will be equipped for marine firefighting operations.
Edgewater-based Brunswick Commercial and Government Products recently won a bid of $184,838 to build a Fire Rescue Boat and Trailer for the fire department. The company was the only respondent to offer a bid.
“This bid is consistent with what we need and what commissioners expressed they wanted,” said city manager Mark LeCouris.
TARPON SPRINGS - In the early morning of Nov. 6, many Tarpon Springs businesses were left in the hands of the assistants. Their owners were busy being awarded for their contributions to the community.
About 100 people crowded Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill for the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, owners and representatives of the businesses that line Tarpon Avenue and Dodecanese Boulevard and everywhere in between.
TARPON SPRINGS - About 100 people gathered around the World War II memorial in Craig Park on Nov. 11 to honor the veterans in Tarpon Springs and around the country.
Tommy Squitieri led the proceedings, thanking his fellow veterans for their service to their country. Borrowing the theme for New York City, Squitieri put focus on women in the military at this year’s ceremony.
“Women have served as secretaries and nurses,” he said. “Now, they’ve made great strides and can do anything they want.”
TARPON SPRINGS - Just three months after renovations were completed on the Discovery Playground, the city is looking to fund more improvements for the Tarpon Springs Sports Complex, located at 150 N. Jasmine Ave.
Currently, the southeast field remains unlit, a problem for anyone who wants to use the park after dark.
Lighting the final field would cost about $150,000, an amount that Tarpon Springs simply doesn’t have. So, instead, the city is pursuing grant funds from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.
TARPON SPRINGS - In the main room at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, eight men crowded around a trophy, reminiscing on ballgames long called and at-bats described in whispered hushes to the grandchildren.
Ballplayers reliving their glory days as young boys, standing next to wives of 40 years. Fifty years ago, this group had their claim to fame written before they could drive: 1963 Southeastern Regional Senior League Champions.
CLEARWATER – Morton Plant Mease Memory Disorders Clinic and the Aging Well Center are teaming up to offer CarFit, a free, new safety program designed to help older adults learn how the “fit” of their vehicle affects their driving and how to use their vehicle’s safety features.
The CarFit event will take place Friday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road.
Older drivers are considered safer drivers because they are more likely to wear seatbelts and less apt to speed. However, they are more likely to be seriously injured or killed from a car accident due to their bodies’ fragility and improper fit in their cars, CarFit program organizers say.
“As people get older, changes happen in vision, strength, range of motion, weight and height that can cause less comfort making it harder to have control behind the wheel,” said Celisa Bonner in a press release. Bonner is clinic coordinator at Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss at Morton Plant Mease. “The CarFit program is a good opportunity for a driver to find their safest fit with their car and to increase the driver’s safety on the road as well as the safety of others.”
Drivers who attend the free community event will have a 12-point checklist done in about 20 minutes that includes checking if the driver: is sitting correctly and positioned at least 10 inches from the steering wheel; can reach the pedals easily with one’s foot instead of toes causing slower reaction time; and has the flexibility to adjust mirrors and minimize blind spots.
Trained volunteers will recommend car and driver adjustments after the inspection.
Drivers interested in having a CarFit check are asked to preregister. Call 724-3070.
CarFit is an educational and safety program created by the American Society on Aging, and developed in collaboration with American Automobile Association, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Overeaters Anonymous Amigos
ST. PETERSBURG – Overeaters Anonymous Amigos, a program of recovery for eating disorders, meets Fridays, 11 a.m., at Beacon House, 2151 Central Ave.
The newest Pinellas OA group features a bilingual message.
For information, call Margie C. at 828-9711. There are no dues or fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
ST. PETERSBURG – A full course Shabbat dinner will be presented Friday, Dec. 13, at the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. The Cantorial Shabbat will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost for those who RSVP prior to Monday, Dec. 9, is $18 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for a family. Thereafter, the cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children. To RSVP, call 344-4900 or visit www.ChabadSP.com.
The event also will feature professional cantor Rabbi Levi Kaplan. Kaplan will inspire attendees with songs and stories. With his rich baritone voice and passion for chazzanut, Kaplan began training in his early teens under the tutelage of famous cantors and voice coaches in New York. For the past 20 years he has performed at congregations and venues across the U.S. and abroad.
Additionally, for the past 13 years Kaplan, a dynamic educator and animated teacher, has directed the Ivy League Torah Study Experience, an exclusive summer learning retreat in the Catskills for promising young Jewish leaders of the next generation.
Kaplan is also the director of TorahCafe.com, the online division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) which features thousands of lectures on Jewish topics across the spectrum, given by some of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world today.
Kaplan also will lead Shabbat morning services on Saturday, Dec. 14. All are invited to participate free of charge. A special Kiddush will follow services.
Sunset Optimist Club meeting TREASURE ISLAND - The Sunset Optimist Club meets the second and fourth Friday of the month, 7 p.m. at Treasure Island Beach Pavilion, 8000 W. Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swedish weaving classes
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is offering Swedish weaving classes on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.
The cost is $2 a class. Participants need to bring their own supplies. Instructor Patty Bush works with students on bedspreads and throws. For more information, call 942-5628.
VFW fish fry, bingo
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 hosts a fish/shrimp fry every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave.
The post sponsors bingo each Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Bingo starts at noon.
The public is invited. Call 733-6107.
Clearwater Gateway Farmer’s Market CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Gateway Farmer’s Market is open each Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Cleveland Street east of Missouri Avenue. Parking is available at Fifth Third Bank, 1150 Cleveland Street; Greektown Grille, 1230 Cleveland St., and Maxa Enterprises, 1275 Cleveland St.
This family friendly event welcomes customers with children, bikes and dogs as they shop for local food, produce, artisan goods, and enjoy the free entertainment.
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Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meets second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Giles Episcopal Church, 8271 52nd St. N.
Attendees will enjoy a “fun day of cropping and sharing,” according to a press release. Everyone is welcome – particularly those who have not been involved in scrapbooking previously. There will be plenty of people sharing information and equipment. Attendees should bring a bag lunch or join the group for a take-out.
Sundamizu Bonsai Club meeting CLEARWATER – Sundamizu Bonsai Club meets second Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Attendees learn about Bonsai. Meetings feature demonstrations, lectures and workshops. There is no charge.
For information, call Lois Powell at 742-3301 or email Sun firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree ID program
TARPON SPRINGS – A free program on identifying trees will be presented Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
A local natural resource agent will discuss the basics of how to identify area trees. The presentation will include a guided tree identification 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat are recommended. The program is best for ages 6 and older.